In the modern age of online meetings and endless screen work, digital eye strain affects many people. Blurry vision, tired eyes, and muscle strain are all hallmarks of the condition, but can it also be blamed for your headaches?
Eye strain can manifest as a dull pain or headache behind the eyes. Using all the focusing power of your eyes over a long stretch of time can lead to eye strain and headaches.
While occasional eye strain headaches are normal in the digital age, you don’t have to live with those symptoms. If you’re struggling with chronic eye strain, the team at Vivid Eye Care can perform a comprehensive eye exam to help you determine your options for managing digital eye strain symptoms like headaches.
There are several symptoms that can be a sign you’ve spent too much time staring at your screen, including:
Not only is digital eye strain uncomfortable, but it can also be disruptive. It can strike near the start of your day as you’re researching a project or while watching a movie at home at the end of the day.
Detecting incoming eye strain headaches before they set in and taking preventative measures to avoid them can make living life with screens more manageable.
As you focus on objects like screens at a close distance, your eye muscles work harder to focus, and just like any other muscles, they can get fatigued. The best way to prevent eye strain headaches is to identify the behaviour or activity causing discomfort in your eyes and head.
Taking regular breaks from activities that cause eye strain, or avoiding them if possible, can help reduce symptoms like headaches.
Digital eye strain, or computer vision syndrome, can cause headaches in several ways. Situations that contribute to headaches can include:
If you spend 2 or more hours looking at screens without breaks, you may be more likely to develop digital eye strain. If your screen is placed at the wrong distance or angle, you can also develop digital eye strain symptoms.
Eye strain isn’t always a result of digital screens. Persistent focus on almost anything can be taxing on your eye muscles. Other tasks that can lead to eye strain include:
Minor changes in your vision can be unnoticeable for some, but uncorrected myopia, hyperopia, or astigmatism can force your eyes to work harder to focus, contributing to eye strain.
With annual eye exams, we can detect changes to your vision and update your prescription to arm your eyes with corrective lenses.
Eye strain headaches can ruin your day’s productivity and your quality of life. Fortunately, you can incorporate specific lifestyle habits into your high-focusing tasks to help improve your comfort and eliminate headaches.
The digital world is here to stay, but digital eye strain doesn’t have to. Visit our dedicated team at Vivid Eye Care for a thorough eye exam to test your vision, assess the ocular structures of your eyes, and learn the tips we use to overcome digital eye strain.
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